Elder Brett
Epic Brewing Company

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Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #380
Ranked #8,946
4.04 | pDev: 9.65%
Sep 19, 2021
Jan 28, 2012
Elder BrettElder Brett
Notes: Epic Brewing Company’s latest barrel-aged beer brings something new—wild yeast. This brew is a collaboration ale with Crooked Stave Artisan Brewing of Fort Collins, Colorado. Chad Yakobson, brewmaster/owner of Crooked Stave, is well known for his skill and knowledge in the brewing of sour and Brettanomyces driven beers. The beer was brewed at Epic by the two brewers. Kevin Crompton, Epic’s brewmaster, and Chad spent several weeks working on the recipe and selecting the proper Brett strains and barrels for the beer to morph from a golden Sasion into a Saison-Brett Golden Ale.
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5 by retry4z from California on Sep 19, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by CaptainHate from Ohio

22 ounce Batch #9, 9.4%, brewed 11/23/2014, bottled 3/22/2016.

Found this in a bottle store and snagged it immediately. Poured into a tulip with a deep golden body capped with a small white head. Sour funk smell hits you immediately followed by a grape and grass pleasant aroma. Taste followed the smell with a nice wine tinge that I really like in a saison. I assume the wine taste comes from the barrels. Mouthfeel was very refreshing. Perfect farmhouse ale selection for an early summer night.

Too bad they don't make this anymore because this deserves to be tried by all fans of the style. The bottle place had one more left which I'll do my best to snag.

Jun 28, 2020
3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on May 13, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jmich24 from Michigan

22 oz bottle
Batch 2
Aged 8 years

First half:
Crystal clear
Super bubbly
Nose is nice and complex, but an overwhelming smell of rotten grapes, sweaty feet and damp basement overwhelmed everything nice.
Taste follows nose

Drain poured it 3.25 overall

2nd half
Roused yeast and poured extra cloudy
Looks like a super opaque, rustic wheat.
Smell is again complex, over ripe fruit, pleasant funk this time.
Taste follows nose, really a great beer.

Overall 4.25

Tale of two half’s of beer. Truly an amazing experience.

Apr 11, 2020
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3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

Bottle at share, courtesy of Toby. Release # 1. Pale golden, light bubbly head. Pale golden, small foamy head. Light lemon, citrus aroma, white grapes. Small sour elements.

Jan 08, 2020
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4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by hoptheology from South Dakota

22 oz bomber from Hinda65 poured into New Belgium glass. 10.1% ABV.

Hazy blonde and 1/2 finger of creamy head that dwindles to a thin ring.

Aroma of funky sour grapes and oak, with some Brett and hay.

Flavor is out of this world. First taste I got came back through my nostrils and burned them, not sure what that was about. But it starts with a wonderful mash-up of sour white grape, mango, heavy oak barrel and oak tannins, and funky yeast. It's wine-like, it's grape-like, but super oaky. It is sour, but it is the right kind of grape-y sour, with lots of barrel and oak and funk to balance it.

Feel is crisp and creamy and smooth with lots of tannins and acidity, and just the right amount of alcohol burn.

Overall, an outstanding beer worthy of seeking out. Definitely try to get this one.

Sep 10, 2019
4.7 by evanwoertz from California on Sep 09, 2019
4.25 by paulish from New York on May 27, 2019
3.83 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on May 07, 2019
4.25 by Irrationalist from California on Jan 10, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by iguanodon from Utah

[Original rating 2016-12-03] Bomber. Pours clear gold with almost no head. Aroma is sour funky farmhouse ale. Taste is sour, white wine, apple. Very good.

Oct 24, 2018
3.84 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jul 09, 2018
4.24 by MickeyHops from California on Jun 23, 2018
4.1 by BigIslandfarmer from Minnesota on Mar 24, 2018
3.91 by sparx1100 from Minnesota on Feb 01, 2018
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DBosco from Massachusetts

Release #9. 9.4% ABV. Clear golden with slight filmy head. Smell is sweet fruity - peach or grape. Taste is tart but sweet, rather vinous. Feel is is medium bodied, little carbonation. Overall, pretty good but somehow missing something. Seems almost more winelike than a beer.

Jan 23, 2018
4.25 by Benji88 from Texas on Jan 19, 2018
3.82 by mnine from California on Jan 06, 2018
4.1 by Aewachiw from Maryland on Dec 24, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bushbeer75 from Michigan

poured from a 1pt. 6 fl. oz. - Release #9 - March 22, 2016

Epic Brewing Elder Brett Saison-Brett Golden Ale poured a light clear gold color producing a white 1/2-finger head. The head dissipated to a ring of foam and spotty lacing. The nose is clean; crisp, and floral/grass like. The taste is funky and tart. Green apple flavor dominates with other light fruit [i.e., pears, white grapes] following...almost like a white wine. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a fizzy carbonation and a light tart finish.

Overall, Elder Brett Saison is refreshing and drinkable. If you like the taste of light tart green apples this is the brew for you.

Nov 02, 2017
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4.81/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by weareallfalafel from Virginia

Release #4 brewed 11/24/12
Pack Date: 12/4/13, so it’s got plenty of age on it. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a teku glass. Pours a pretty hazy golden color with an inch of head that lingers some but falls after a bit leaving a ring atop the beer, and even a small swirl brings the head back up. The second the cap comes off, you smell the Brett. You get your nose in that glass, and it’s heaps of grassy barnyard aroma, along with some grapey and lemon fruitiness. Taste starts subtly sweet, with some tartness and vanilla-esque oak character in the finish. Throughout, the funk and the fruity character (the latter of which I’m sure is both from the saison base as well as the stay in wine barrels) interweaving together like a song. And a damn good song at that. Think, Miles Davis level beauty. Feel is surprisingly light in body. Still medium in body, but with no burn and little lingering sweetness, you wouldnt assume you’re drinking 9.1% abv beer. Overall, I’m not sure how this would do without so much age on it, the Brett would be subdued and the alcohol might be more aggressive, but as I’ve got it, it’s symphonic. All the flavors and aromas (and there are so many) work wonders together. A really, really damn well-made saison-Brett.

Nov 01, 2017
4.21 by mflamar from New York on Oct 25, 2017
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by jzlyo from Iowa

Aroma is big tropical fruit, Belgian yeast and fruit. The flavor is tropical fruit, mild Belgian yeast, malts , fruit and a slightly spicy/tart finish.

Sep 12, 2017
4.04 by pierluigitricoci from North Carolina on Sep 10, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by zeff80 from Missouri

Batch #9. Bottled in March 1016. Poured a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of peach, white wine and funky Brett. Nice peach taste with white wine, yeast and a funky finish.

Aug 20, 2017
3.75 by NonicPanic from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

Limited release picked up discount at 10 bucks from the House of 1,000 beers. Pours Surprisingly light for the gravity like light beer with a bit of floaties showing it's age. Head also fizzed out rather fast with just a 1/2 inch that faded to nothing. Smell is a ton of sour brett mixed with peppery malts and faint sweetness. Taste is a actually super balanced brett mixed with bready malts and just a slight twinge of hops to dry malts. Body is super drinkable not gonna lie I kind of chugged a glass so smooth for the ABV. Overall one of the better beers I have had of late with some good balanced sour to saison tones. Pick it up if you see it the beer is still very tasty despite the almost year age on the bottle.

Jul 14, 2017
3.96 by jaydoc from Kansas on Jun 21, 2017
3.5 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on May 21, 2017
3.83 by dertyd from California on May 08, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

Bottle at a tasting a ways back, from notes.
Clear light golden yellow, has a floral cider thing going on, I guessed elder flower but the name might be tricking my brain, well that and all the booze I've had by this point. peppery, woody oak, faint brett, has body but it softens up, floral finish

Mar 30, 2017
4 by Marvicsin from California on Feb 14, 2017
4.16 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Nov 13, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mdfb79 from New York

One of their best for sure.

Nov 07, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

22oz bottle @ 9.4% ABV - wow, this one's gonna be a doozy!

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some streaky coral reef atoll lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of slightly funky Brett infection, grainy and doughy pale malt, a lesser edgy wheatiness, sensible yeast, some plain white wine barrel essences - a light toastiness, indistinct grapes, and some understated vanilla - muddled earthy spices, and some very tame leafy and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, some crackery wheatiness, a mixed Brett/Saison yeast astringency (one surprisingly low-key on the funkitude), white wine lees, a dry vanillan woodiness, and more herbal, floral, and weedy green hoppiness. No real impression of the near 19-proof booze quotient, for the record.

The carbonation is fairly reserved in its unmotivated frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a minor sense of the bacteria/yeast intrusion making for a wee fuss here. It finishes off-dry, the white wine character lingering the hardest (that sounds weird, don't it?), while the guest beasties keep up their charade of good breeding.

Overall, this is actually a more or less pleasant wild/farmhouse/saison ale, with the subtle barrel treatment going a long way in glossing over the effects of the Brett that one might have been expecting. At any rate, not a bad brew, but more evidence that I need to spend my dwindling beer dollars on stuff that really floats my proverbial boat.

Oct 26, 2016
3.67 by mattsander from Canada (AB) on Oct 10, 2016
4.32 by Severymusic from Massachusetts on Sep 18, 2016
3.25 by Stengelfoot from California on Sep 16, 2016
4.02 by TheHopsman from Nebraska on Sep 13, 2016
3.74 by heyabbott from Maryland on Sep 11, 2016
Elder Brett from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 463 ratings